Co-founder of BlackBerry, Mike Lazaridis, sells $26 million worth of BlackBerry shares

Co-founder of BlackBerry, Mike Lazaridis, sells $26 million worth of BlackBerry shares
BlackBerry co-founder Mike Lazaridis, who years later claimed to have understood the implications of the Apple iPhone on BlackBerry's then booming business, has cashed in $26 million worth of BlackBerry stock. The 3.5 million shares that were sold by Lazaridis lowers his stake in the company to 4.99% from 5.68%. The sale was done in two parts starting on Monday when 3.17 million shares were sold at an average price of $7.55. The balance of the transaction, 333,107 shares, were sold at an average price of $7.63.

The SEC Form 13D filed after the stock sale was noteworthy because it canceled Lazarids' stated intention to purchase BlackBerry along with former co-founder Doug Fregins. Both had decided to see if it was feasible to buy the company they had both founded. BlackBerry subsequently agreed to a $4.7 billion buy out from its largest stockholder, Fairfax Financial. But financing could not be obtained for the deal, which ended up failing. Instead, BlackBerry received $1 billion in additional financing, which it has nearly burned through. Fregins still holds 2.26% of BlackBerry.

Since announcing last week a net loss of $4.4 billion for its fiscal third quarter, a number which includes a large charge for a write-off of depreciating inventory, BlackBerry shares have risen 26%

source: TheGlobeandMail via Crackberry

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